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Ceramics Studio

After completing Ceramics for Beginners, students are invited to join our Studio program, which includes access to a full suite of tools and equipment to experiment with and extend their ceramics practice.

Under the expert supervision of tutor Emily Mulvihill, you will further develop your understanding and knowledge of hand-building and throwing ceramic objects as well as different decorative techniques such as slip, sgraffito, underglaze, and standard glazing. The Ceramic Studio course is designed for students to be self-lead with individual projects that will be supported and facilitated by the tutor.

In Week 1 & 2 there will be a brief revision of the three methods of hand building;pinching, coiling and slab building. For those students who want to pursue wheel throwing, revision of centering clay on the wheel and throwing a basic cylinder shape will be provided. Students will also be introduced to the different types of clay and their specific material properties and how they relate to constructing different forms from clay.

In Weeks 3 & 4 students will be introduced to different glazes. The tutor will help each student with their individual projects offering personalised support to help students make their own glazes and achieve their project objectives.

Students should come to the class with an idea of what they want to make. Goals for this Studio course could be improving a technique such as wheel throwing or making items such as pinch-pot mugs or coiled hanging pot-plant. Please bring with you any support materials, mood boards, drawings or objects to help communicate your ideas or anything that inspires you.

The course will be held at Albury TAFE campus, with students having access to the full suite of tools and equipment in the large purpose built studio. Course fee includes all materials and equipment.

Presented in partnership with Riverina TAFE.

If you are interested in attending this course and are unable to make this term, please join the interest list

Meet the Tutor: Emily Mulvihill

Image of tutor Emily Muvihill in a black and white grided shirt.

Emily Mulvihill is a conservator, artist, and museum professional with a passion for both the technical and creative elements of art making. Emily’s fascination for materials is infectious, and her workshops and classes will teach you to be curious, experimental, and to use trialled and tested techniques to improve your practice.

As a conservator, Emily has absorbed an encyclopaedic knowledge of materials across disciplines, having worked in conservation teams both in Australia and internationally. Emily’s conservation specialty is painting. Emily worked most recently at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York – where she was entrusted with maintaining some of the most valuable works of their collection including those of Claude Monet, Andy Warhol and Umberto Boccioni.

Alongside her career as a conservator, Emily maintains her own strong artistic practice with ceramics and textiles. She is a prolific maker, and from her own design studio produces experimental ceramic vessels for commercial sale, as well as operating a textile label that produces natural botanical dyed clothing pieces. Emily is a generous tutor and and enjoys sharing her love for artmaking with others.

Emily has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the National Art School and a Masters in Cultural Materials Conservation from Melbourne University. Emily is now located in Albury Wodonga, after accepting a permanent position in the curatorial team at MAMA.

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